COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

Welcome to the Beauvoir Summer Health & Safety updates page. As we continue to navigate the fluidity of a global pandemic, our Beauvoir Summer team is busy implementing policies and protocols to ensure our camp community enjoys a happy and healthy summer.

As summer approaches, please check this space for updates on the latest district-wide camp guidelines as well as details on Beauvoir Summer's health and safety measures.

Our top priority is always the health and safety of our campers and staff. We appreciate your partnership and understanding that all programs, policies, and procedures are subject to change according to the COVID-19 safety recommendations put forth by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), in conjunction with DC Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Email us at beauvoirsummer@cathedral.org

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Camp Activities and Programming

    We have reimagined our programs for summer 2021, as we anticipate the continued need for precautions surrounding COVID-19. Beauvoir continues to put the safety and well-being of campers first, while providing engaging and fun activities for early elementary-aged children. Our summer camp standards follow those used during the 2020-2021 school year in which Beauvoir opened safely and successfully for in-person student learning. 

    Beauvoir Summer is offering three two-week sessions. In an effort to reduce - on-campus density and to allow for maximum social distancing, we have curated our most popular programs to offer a blend of full-day and morning-only camps  We are offering full-day and morning camps only (3-4 yr old fireflies). Arrival and dismissal times will be staggered.
  • Group Sizes

    All camp programs have a maximum of 10 campers per group or fewer. Groups will remain together, and there will be limited and coordinated mixing of campers and staff. All programs will have their own dedicated classroom and bathrooms.
  • Outdoors

    The Beauvoir playground will be open to campers during the camp day. To allow for proper cleaning protocols and to mitigate campers’ exposure, the playground will be closed to all camp members and community members outside of camp hours. Campers will have access to the playground only on the days for which they are registered for a Beauvoir Summer program.
  • Pool and Swim Lessons

    The current plan is to allow our campers to swim with their camp group. In past summers, we have included daily swim lessons for all campers. This is our goal for Beauvoir Summer 2021, and at this time, we anticipate holding swim lessons during the camp day. The schedule and frequency of these lessons are still in the planning stage  as we await OSSE guidelines. Should swim lessons not be possible, but play in the pool is, swim staff and life guards will be on hand at all times to monitor free swim. If safety guidelines preclude pool use, we will engage campers with alternate activities in lieu of pool time.. There will not be any refunds for the camp not being able to offer swim time or swim lessons.

    Swimsuit and Sunscreen Recommendations
    We are asking that parents send campers ready in their swim suits (on their scheduled swim days) with sunscreen applied. As we think about how to support camp counselors, please send your camper in a bathing suit, this will allow for optimal swim time. A bathing suit with a separate top and bottom are preferred for ease of bathroom use. We recommend sending in a spray sunscreen which will reduce the need for counselors to assist with hands-on application of sunscreen.
  • Dismissal Map

    Please refer to this printable map of our camp dismissal.
  • Visitors/Drop-off/Pick-up

    Visitors, including parents, are not permitted in school buildings and must wear masks at all times on campus. For drop-off and pick-up, parents will remain masked and in their cars for drop-off and pick-up. Beauvoir Summer staff will guide campers safely from their cars to their camp groups. Walking campers and parents will have designated drop-off and pick-up locations.
  • Field Trips

    Field trips will be limited to excursions on the Close Cathedral campus.
  • Sanitation and Safety

    Beauvoir’s strict cleaning protocols enabled us to offer in-person learning successfully this school year., and we will be following those same protocols during Beauvoir Summer.  Each day and evening, extensive cleaning will take place throughout the building, on the outdoor playground, and inside all environmental spaces. Families will be asked to send their children to camp with a set of five, appropriately sized, face masks to be worn throughout the camp day. Any adults arriving at Beauvoir's campus must also wear an appropriate face mask while on site.
  • Health Plan

    Key components of the Beauvoir Summer Health and Safety Plan include the following:
    • Daily health screenings will be required of all campers and staff.
    • All individuals on campus, including staff, will be required to wear a face mask. Campers are allowed to remove masks when eating or drinking.
    • Health monitoring of staff and campers throughout the day.
    • Strategic contact tracing procedures.
    • On-site, full-time healthcare staff. A Registered Nurse will be present to manage the health and well-being of the community.
    • All campers must bring their own sunscreen from home. Beauvoir Summer may not provide sunscreen to campers due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Meet Our Directors

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Andrew Mackay

    Andrew Mackay 

    Interim Director of Auxiliary Programs
  • Photo of Caroline Maffry

    Caroline Maffry 

    Director of Auxiliary Programs
3500 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016 
Tel: (202) 537-6485 
Fax: (202) 537-6512
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About Beauvoir

Beauvoir Summer is located at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, on the 60-acre Cathedral Close in Washington, DC. Beauvoir is a coeducational Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade school carefully designed for young learners.